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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Forestry England, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

About

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, managed by Forestry England, is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world.

The 600 acre arboretum is home to 3,000 different species of trees and around 15,000 individual specimens. A place of environmental and historical importance, its Victorian creator Robert Holford was fascinated by rare and beautiful plants and helped finance expeditions to collect specimens from around the world.

Westonbirt Arboretum is known internationally for its spectacular autumn colour display, but offers an unforgettable day out all year round, from magnificent flowering trees in spring, to sculptural and bright-stemmed specimens in winter.

Pricing Information

Adult from £9

Child from £3

Concessions from £6

For seasonal admission prices see the website.

 

Groups are accepted - please contact the venue directly to enquire. 

Accessibility Information

While most areas of the Westonbirt site are accessible to wheelchair users, some woodland paths are not suitable. There is level access throughout the site, and assistance dogs are permitted. Designated parking areas are available for disabled visitors. Accessible toilets are also available. 

Activities throughout the year

- Events, workshops and family activities run throughout the year. Signature events include the spectacular Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail in November and December.
- There are 17 miles of paths throughout the arboretum and dozens of leafy glades with levels of accessibility to suit a range of visitors.
- There are mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs available to borrow (it is advisable to book these in advance), special group rates on request and retail and refreshment opportunities onsite.
- Westonbirt has a huge area, Silk Wood, for you and your dog to explore. Dogs are not permitted in any other part of the site. 

Attraction Facilities

- Tree Top Walkway 

- Way marked trails

 

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Facilities

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Childrens Play Area
  • Plant Sales
  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 2.5 hours
  • Families
  • Forest Location
  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens
  • Marketed towards student/youth - Westonbirt welcomes group visits from education providers.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Please enquire for further details

Show Facilities

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Westonbirt is open every day, Monday - Sunday, 9am-5pm, except Christmas Day. Last admission is at 4.30pm, 30 minutes before the Arboretum closes.

To visit Westonbirt Arboretum it is essential to pre-book for certain dates - see the website for details.

Events

Wednesday, 10th January 2024 - Sunday, 29th December 2024

A group of people standing in a wildflower meadow Guided Walk at Westonbirt ArboretumDiscover the fascinating world of wild flowers and other flora at Westonbirt Arboretum and uncover the many uses, stories and traditions associated with each one.
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Saturday, 10th February 2024 - Saturday, 14th September 2024

A mother and daughter at Westonbirt enjoying the Gruffalo trailGruffalo Party Trail at Westonbirt ArboretumThe Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.
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Wednesday, 5th June 2024 - Wednesday, 4th September 2024

two boys playing outside peeping around a tree  trunkGreen Games at Westonbirt – family summer trail at Westonbirt, The National ArboretumAs you explore the Old Arboretum this summer, look out for eight games that invite you to play together. Use your imagination, test your memory, beat your opponents and improve your aim!
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Saturday, 15th June 2024 - Saturday, 15th June 2024

young boy pears around tree in woodlandSensory Woodland – family discovery day at Westonbirt, The National ArboretumVisitors are invited to Silk Wood Barn to discover more about nature through touch, sound, and sight.
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Friday, 5th July 2024 - Friday, 12th July 2024

Forest Live at Westonbirt Arboretum crowdForest Live at Westonbirt ArboretumHeld in beautiful forest locations across the country, Forest Live is a major live music series managed by Forestry England.
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Saturday, 20th July 2024 - Saturday, 20th July 2024

two young boys playing outdoors in summer woodlandMusic in Nature at Westonbirt, The National ArboretumVisitors can head over to Silk Wood Barn to discover more about the sounds in nature.
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Tuesday, 6th August 2024 - Thursday, 8th August 2024

woman sitting in room painting surrounded by artists materials on shelvesEarth - The Art of Mud – family activity days at Westonbirt, The National ArboretumWestonbirt Arboretum is delighted to welcome artist and children's author Pippa Pixley as we delve into the art of mud.
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Tuesday, 13th August 2024 - Thursday, 15th August 2024

little girl blowing the seeds from a dandelion flowerWind – Blown Away – family activity days at Westonbirt, The National ArboretumJoin Westonbirt's team to look closely at different grasses using microscopes and hand lenses, design your own fluffy seed and test how far different seeds can disperse.
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Saturday, 17th August 2024 - Saturday, 17th August 2024

boy outside peeping through fish made from small sticks Fun with Sticks – family activity day at Westonbirt, The National ArboretumDiscover the variety of life living on sticks, including mosses, lichens, algae and fungi, looking closely with hand lenses.
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Tuesday, 20th August 2024 - Thursday, 22nd August 2024

red, orange and white painting Sunshine & Shadows – family activity days at Westonbirt, The National ArboretumThis week's theme for Westonbirt Aboretum's summer holiday family events will be 'sunshine and shadows', with activities being led by expert Justin Quinell.
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Tuesday, 27th August 2024 - Thursday, 29th August 2024

child's hand holding paint brush painting red onto white paper Water – Amazing Journeys – family activity days at Westonbirt, The National ArboretumThe theme this week for Westonbirt Arboretum's summer holiday family events will be 'water'.
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